This winter has exceeded my expectations, and while I accomplished most of my goals for the season, there was still one activity left on my list. Sure, I could have left it for next year, but it was what I wanted to do most: dog sledding.
For years, this has been a dream for me, and when Jeff and I made plans to climb Mt Marcy this past weekend, I knew it could also mean the opportunity to make my dog sledding dream come true. This, of course, was as long as the weather was on our side, and luckily, it was.
Having never been to Lake Placid before, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. The town was adorable and the scenery was breathtaking; no matter what direction we looked, mountains, some of them covered in snow, were painted on the skyline.
But, the view was even better on Mirror Lake, more specifically at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, which lies right on it. Here was where our dog sledding adventure would begin. For just ten dollars a person, you are able to have the experience of a ride in a dog sled in this serene environment.
Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort has a first come, first serve policy, and we were there relatively early to ensure we wouldn’t have to wait long. After we watched one couple go around the lake, it was our turn.
We took a few photos of the dogs, who were playfully waiting to take us on a ride, then we loaded on the sled and headed out onto the lake.
We got off to a quick start, and while I wasn’t sure what to expect, I loved taking in the views around me, and watching the dogs run around the loop. We were also able to learn a little bit about the dogs and the practice of dogsledding during our time out.
About halfway through the ride, the dogs slowed down, and seemed to lose the energy they had initially. This was because at thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit, it was too hot for them. The dogs thrive when it’s colder, and survive in temperatures up to negative eighty degrees Fahrenheit.
We also learned that the ice I was afraid of walking on was perfectly safe. In fact, the safety of the ice is based on how dense it is, not how thick it is, as I thought. The ice on Saturday was twelve inches thick, but our guide said that this year they also ran the dogs on ice that was six inches thick, but was just as safe.
After asking all of our questions, we sat back and enjoyed the ride and all the views that surrounded us. It was nice to see Mt Marcy, the mountain we climbed the day before, off in the distance looking down on us; dog sledding was the perfect way to celebrate the previous day’s accomplishment.
Even though the ride was quick one, a single loop around the lake, it satisfied my desire to dog sled this year. Hopefully, next winter, I’ll be able to do it again, and maybe I’ll even be able to mush the dog sled next time. Until then, I’ll have the memories of my time on Mirror Lake.
A special thanks to Lake Placid’s CVB and Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort for making my dreams come true on Mirror Lake.